Massachusetts – University of Massachusetts hiring Sustainability Coordinator of Campus Gardens

Amherst, Massachusetts

Title: Sustainability Coordinator of Campus Gardens

Location: University of Massachusetts – Amherst, MA

We are excited to announce that the UMass Amherst Permaculture Initiative seeks a highly passionate, thoughtful and skilled individual who embodies holistic sustainability and shows a demonstrated commitment to social justice to fill the Sustainability Coordinator of Campus Gardens position. If you are experienced in regenerative agriculture, enjoy working with diverse groups, and are passionate about facilitating transformational learning, apply today!

This full-time, benefited position serves as a key role in the UMass Amherst Auxiliary Sustainability Department, whose mission is to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders to increase the sustainability of our campus foodservices’ facilities and operations. We leverage resources, visibility, and leadership to propel the campus sustainability movement at UMass and beyond.

The Initiative: A unique and cutting-edge sustainability program, UMass Amherst Permaculture provides empowering hands-on education and leadership training, community engagement, and fresh, local, organic produce to the UMass campus. Founded in 2010, the initiative builds and maintains highly productive, highly educational edible gardens right on campus. The gardens are designed using permaculture principles and are installed by students, staff, and volunteers.

UMass Permaculture serves as an international model, which has inspired permaculture projects at campuses across the world. It has received global recognition and numerous accolades, quickly becoming the most widely recognized campus permaculture initiative in the country. In 2012, the initiative was honored by President Obama as first place winners of the White House Campus Champions of Change Challenge.

The Position: The Sustainability Coordinator of Campus Gardens will oversee the educational programming, community outreach, care and operation of current gardens, and development of new gardens when space is available for the UMass Amherst Permaculture Initiative. In doing so, the Sustainability Coordinator of Campus Gardens provides students, faculty, staff and community members with unique opportunities to make meaningful connections to their food, the earth, and each other.

The ideal candidate for this exciting and challenging position would possess extensive knowledge and experience in both production and regenerative agriculture, excellent problem solving skills, and the ability to develop successful programming in an academic setting.

Duties and Responsibilities include:

  1. Oversees and coordinates care and operation of campus permaculture gardens. Develops and implements new permaculture gardens.
  2. Teaches a two-session, one credit, hands on course (STOCKSCH 198P) in which students learn about permaculture basics while maintaining on-campus gardens in both the Fall & Spring Semesters.
  3. Supervises Departmental Assistants, student employees, and interns.
  4. Performs planning, community outreach, and program development for the UMass Permaculture Initiative.
  5. Performs marketing, communications, and public relations of the UMass Permaculture Initiative including web design, social media, posters/flyers, press releases, newsletters, brochures, etc.
  6. Supervises the weekly, seasonal UMass Student Farmers Market.
  7. Coordinates with faculty on interdepartmental research efforts in campus permaculture gardens.
  8. Conducts presentations and tours.
  9. Devises and organizes educational workshops and events.
  10. Holds open forums where students, faculty and staff may present ideas, comments or questions about environmental sustainability at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
  11. Acts as a consultant to other universities and institutions by responding to inquiries regarding permaculture, garden design and sustainability.
  12. Collects and analyzes garden data.
  13. Coordinates and distributes garden produce to residential and retail dining operations.
  14. Collaborates with university chefs (Chef de Cuisine) on sustainable menu development and best uses for garden produce.
  15. Performs other Auxiliary Services sustainability duties as assigned


  1. Knowledge of sustainability issues, regenerative agriculture, and best practices.
  2. Ability to develop and execute new programs within an academic setting.
  3. Problem solving skills.
  4. Excellent oral and written communication skills
  5. Skill in application of the principles and practices of effective supervision
  6. Excellent team-building, relationship-building, and networking skills
  7. Ability to build and sustain excellent working relationships.
  8. Ability to lift 25 lbs.
  9. Permaculture Design Certificate preferred

Apply online here. For more information, please contact


Massachusetts – UMass Amherst hiring Interim Farm Manager

Amherst, Massachusetts



 Interim Farm Manager

Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment


The Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment supports research and statewide outreach education in cooperation with academic departments at UMass Amherst. In addition to its program units (Mass. Agricultural Experiment Station, UMass Extension, Mass. Water Resources Research Center), the Center manages four farms for research and educational purposes, all within 14 miles of campus. They are: Crops and Animal Research and Education Center in South Deerfield, Hadley Farm Livestock and Equine Research and Education Center in Hadley, Cold Spring Orchard Research and Education Center (tree and small fruit) in Belchertown, and the Joseph Troll Turf Research Center in South Deerfield.


Support the research and public service mission of the Center for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment (CAFE) in the College of Natural Sciences, by managing and supporting activities pertaining to teaching, research and outreach on the four UMass Amherst research/education farms.  Oversee operations of the farms including production activities, maintenance, and fiscal management of these facilities and the hiring, management and supervision of farm employees.

This is a temporary one-year position with the possibility of renewal based on unit reorganization plans and needs assessment.


  1. Ensure effective farm operations. Oversee farms; supervise and provide overall team leadership for designated staff.  Recommend staff needs; hire, train and evaluate staff.  Assess the effectiveness and efficiency of unit operations and develop and implement policies and procedures to improve service and productivity.  Enhance cooperation and coordination between the farms.  Work collaboratively with appropriate departments and coordinate all events scheduled at the facilities.
  2. Ensure effective fiscal operations of the farms. Develop a schedule for and direct maintenance of facilities and equipment.  Recommend, select an approve purchases of new equipment and supplies.  Manage units to operate efficiently and effectively within approved budgets.
  3. Ensure effective research, teaching and public service operations of the four UMass Amherst research/education farms. Act as a liaison between faculty and staff to enhance research projects and Extension activities.  Work in consultation with faculty to organize, coordinate and prioritize research, outreach and teaching activities at the farm sites; participate in the review of research proposals requesting use of farm facilities.
  4. Monitor and ensure compliance with all relevant federal, state and University policies. Assure compliance with all regulatory agencies.
  5. Performs related duties as assigned or required to meet Department, Executive Area/Division, and University goals and objectives.
  6. Maintain certifications on restricted pesticides and ensure that all pesticides are used according to their directions and by certified personnel. Ensure all staff are given proper training and instructions to perform work in a safe manner.
  7. Required to work some night and weekends.



  1. Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, biological, engineering, education or business management or related field, plus three years of farm management experience, including supervision of multiple staff is required.
  2. Supervisory skills.
  3. Ability to manage budgets.
  4. Knowledge of safety procedures and operations for farm equipment; ability to operate and maintain farm equipment.
  5. Proficient with word processing, spreadsheets, and database management.
  6. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  7. Ability to maintain diverse schedule of activities at various locations on and off-campus.


  1. Academic experience in agriculture research and Extension.


  1. Driver’s license required upon hire.
  2. Massachusetts private pesticide certification in one of the following: vegetable, small fruit, tree fruit, dairy-livestock required within 120 days of hire.


The annual salary range is $51,000-64,000 (commensurate with skills and experience) with full benefits.  Normal starting salary range $51,000-$57,500.

For more information see:

The University of Massachusetts is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, the University of Massachusetts is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the University of Massachusetts to comply with the applicable federal and state statues, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Applicants should apply by the priority deadline of February 1, 2017 in order to ensure consideration.  Search will remain open until position is filled.  To apply provide a letter of application, resume and contact information for three professional references. Please apply at:

On-Campus applicants are defined as Amherst Campus non-student employees

The Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment at the University of Massachusetts Amherst hiring Director of Operations

Amherst, Massachusetts

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The Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment at the University of Massachusetts Amherst manages four off-campus research/outreach farms (Agronomy and Vegetable Research and Education Center, Joseph Troll Turf Research Center, Cold Spring Orchard Research and Education Center and the Hadley Farm Equine and Livestock Research and Education Center). It also manages off campus office facilities for several Extension outreach programs. This position plans and manages activities pertaining to teaching, research and outreach on the farms and off-campus office facilities, directs and supervises the daily operations of the farms including production activities, maintenance, and fiscal management of these facilities and the hiring, management and supervision of farm employees.

Required Qualifications:

  1. Master’s degree in agricultural, biological, engineering, education or business management or related field.
  2. Three years farm management experience including supervisory methods and practices. (Additional experience preferred.)
  3. Supervisory experience of multiple staff.
  4. Experience planning and implementing budgets.
  5. Knowledge of safe equipment operation procedures.
  6. Computer, interpersonal, communication, and supervisory skills.
  7. Ability to work independently.
  8. Required to work some nights and weekends.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Experience in land or property management.
  2. Academic experience in agricultural research and Extension.
  3. Experience with farm equipment operation and maintenance.

For more information on the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment, please visit For more information including minimum qualifications and application instructions, please visit:

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members.